‘Salem Fate’ actor Lance Kerwin … also known for ‘James at 15’ and ‘The Boy Who Had Too Much to Drink’ dies at 62
- The actor’s family said he died in San Clemente, California, and an autopsy is pending
- Kerwin was a child actor who played a number of high-profile roles in the late 1970s
- Kerwin is survived by five children: Savannah, Fox, Terra, Kailani and Justus
Actor Lance Kerwin has died at the age of 62 in San Clemente, Californiaaccording to his family.
The entertainer is best known for his work on projects such as the 1979 miniseries Salem’s Lot, as well as the 1977-1978 NBC series James at 15, later renamed James at 16.
Kerwin Savannah’s daughter said officials are conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Diversity.
The latest: Actor Lance Kerwin has died at the age of 62 in San Clemente, California, according to his family. He was photographed at an event in July 2022 in Los Angeles
Kerwin was a child actor who began appearing on television in 1974 with roles in series such as Emergency!, Little House on the Prairie and Gunsmoke. He also won acclaim for his portrayal of Billy Carpenter in the 1980 TV movie The Boy Who Had Too Much to Drink.
In 15-year-old James, he played James Hunter, a teenager who moved to Massachusetts from Oregon and became interested in photography.
The show was at the center of controversy when the main character engaged in premarital sex, losing his virginity, with thousands of viewers sending letters to the network protesting the content. In 1977-1978, the series had 21 episodes.
At the time, Kerwin was a teenage heartthrob and regularly appeared on the covers of publications such as Tiger Beat.
Kerwin was a teenage heartthrob in the late 70s and regularly appeared on the covers of publications such as Tiger Beat
The entertainer is best known for his work in projects such as the 1979 miniseries Salem’s Lot, in which he appeared alongside James Mason
Kerwin was photographed with Mackenzie Phillips at the Battle of the Network Stars event in Los Angeles in 1978
Kerwin’s other roles in his career have included appearances on television shows such as Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, and Family.
In the later years of his career, he appeared in shows such as The New Adam-12, Murder, She Wrote and Simon & Simon.
He appeared in 1995’s The Flash and returned to screens in 2022’s The Wind and Reckoning.
In recent years, the actor has also appeared at horror film conventions.
Kerwin is survived by five children: Savannah, Fox, Terra, Kailani and Justus.
The actor was seen in a promotional image of the TV series “The Holvak Family” in 1975
He was seen in the 1985 TV movie The Fourth Wise Man, in which he played the role of Paschure
Taking to Twitter, a number of the late actor’s peers and fans paid tribute to him following his death.
“I am beyond saddened to learn of the passing of one of my best friends and colleagues that I have ever worked with, Lance Kerwin,” said actor Ike Eisenman. He was a child actor who inspired me to be better because he was the best I had ever seen. Rest in peace my friend.”
Actress Erin Murphy said: “Tough start to the year. Rest in peace #LanceKerwin.’
Horror publication Fangoria said it was “saddened by the passing of Lance Kerwin, whose performance in ‘SALEM’S LOT’ made an indelible impression on all of us,” adding: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to his friends, family and many fans.
A number of the late actor’s peers and fans have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to him following his death